Vol Nation Game Summaries 2010 Tennessee Volunteers 10 - Florida Gators 9 SEC Football at its Best! From play one you could sense the respect that both teams had for each other. There was no doubt what each teams game plan was: Tennessee was going to pound the football and Florida was going to get the ball to their athletes in open space. After quite a long feeling out process, neither team was able to get the ball into the end zone on offense. Three times Florida was able to drive at will just to be stopped right out of field goal range and was forced to punt. It was bend but not break scenario from both defenses. Tennessee's offense finally got clicking on the last drive of the 2nd quarter as the first points of the game were on the board with no time remaining on the clock and both teams heading into half time with adjustments to be made. It was more of the same in the 2nd half as the young and rebuilding Tennessee defense was able to hault Florida from gaining momentum on offense and keep them to a lone field goal in the 3rd quarter. Once again Florida's offense was on the verge of scoring but holding penalties stopped what seem to be the go ahead TD mid way thru the 4th quarter. With 1:11 left in the game UT was able to add field goal from 34 yards out to make the game 10-3 with just over a minute left. In their final drive Florida was finally able to put the pieces together and get the ball into the end zone with just :27 seconds left in the game. What came next was the play that coaches get paid the big bucks for... to go for 2 and win or kick the extra point and take the game into over time. Florida felt the momentum gaining and opted to send the game home right now! The offense came to the line, 5 wide. Brantley took his drop, surveyed the field, and gunned the ball to his left trying to hit his WR on the slant. Tennessee's DB, however, would have nothing to do with it and dove to break up the pass! The following onside was recovered by UT and they keeled the ball to secure the win! Offensive Player of the Game: Tennessee- Freshman QB Tyler Bray- On his way to the most impressive win of his young career Bray went 10-12 for 108 yards and 1 TD. More impressively, Bray was able to control the clock and keep the high powered Florida Offense off the field. Defensive Player of the Game: Tennessee's D-line and Linebackers- All night UT's D-line was all over Florida's passing game. Whether it was a straight drop or a screen pass the Vols front four were everywhere. UT's linebackers were able to hault the misdirection and speed of Florida's run game by getting over the top on options and outside runs, and to stuff the middle when they tried to pound the ball. All and all UT held Florida to 2.7 yards a carry and forced them to go to the air early and often. Quote of the night: UT Head Coach-" That was one hell of a game! That's SEC football baby, a defensive struggle, with field goals scattered here and there. I take my hat off to Florida's Head Coach it was a chess match all game and I can't wait to travel to the Swamp next year to take them on at home!"